Why Can't I Sleep? Essential Oils That Can Help With Insomnia

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It is estimated that around one in three people in the UK will suffer with insomnia at some point in their life, that's over 20 million people. Only 16% of brits think they get enough sleep according to whatasleep.co.uk. This has shown that insomnia is a very common issue currently affecting our lives and if this is left unresolved, it can cause some serious health concerns.

What is insomnia?

According to the NHS, this is a condition where you often cannot sleep for more than one to two hours at a time without waking up and finding it hard to go back to sleep. It's a sleep disorder that could be a symptom of a problem with your nervous system or brain. Some symptoms include not being able to go to sleep, not being able to stay asleep and waking up at the same time every night, feeling tired all the time and waking up feeling confused. 

Symptoms of insomnia:

  • Fatigue
  • Unable to concentrate on anything
  • Stress
  • Feeling tired all the time
  • No motivation
  • Waking up during the night
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Difficulty paying attention

Women tend to suffer from insomnia more than their counter parts and it is estimated that nearly half of the UK struggle to get to sleep at least once a month. Due to this many people not just in the UK but all over the world are looking at taking sleeping pills. While these may help they can also have many side effects that can sometimes make things worse. The side effects can vary depending on the type of pill you take. 

Common side effects of sleeping pills:

  • Dizziness
  • Gas 
  • Diarrhea 
  • Headache
  • Heartburn
  • Over sleeping
  • No appetite
  • Dry mouth
  • Muscle weakness
  • Nausea
  • Confusion

Being unable to sleep when your physically and mentally exhausted is a horrible feeling and many people suffer this on a regular basis. While there may be many causes of insomnia, the most common is stress. Sometimes you can get that stressed that you cant sleep, then as your not not sleeping that in turn stresses you out further. By the time it is time to get up that stress has multiplied, then when it comes to sleeping the following night, you can be so overtired and stressed that you are again unable to sleep properly.

Some people have a root cause of stress that may be keeping them up at night, while others it is a accumulation of things that have just built up over time. There are also people with serious medical conditions that prevent them sleeping well. No matter what the issue is stress is such a huge factor it can also start to trigger anxiety. 

This is where essential oils may help as they can relax the mind and body, decrease stress levels and calm anxiety.

The dangers of not getting enough sleep

Sleep deprivation can have the greatest impact on us mentally, as the lack of sleep can result in you feeling extremely stressed, anxious and tired, to the point of having even more sleepless nights. The detrimental impact that this can have on our bodies and physical health can be huge. From the initial effect on the nervous system, to long term impacts on our immune systems, our metabolic rate, our mood, our mental wellbeing and eventually our cognitive function.

Some of the negative effects of not getting enough sleep are an increase in the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, depression, anxiety, memory loss, stroke, accidents, dementia, Alzheimer's, and diabetes. 

The immune system can start to struggle to keep us healthy and you will be more likely to get sick. The lack of sleep will also have an impact on our skin and will make us look older than we are. Lack of sleep can even lower your sex drive and cause chaos to your hormones which is why many people put on weight.

How can essential oils help with insomnia?

Essential oils are helpful in getting to sleep and also aid in relaxation, which can help with sleep as it can help manage our body’s natural stress responses and aid the production of oxytocin, which is essential for a good night’s sleep. Essential oils are different to other supplements, including pills and tablets which you need to consume daily and may develop side effects.

When it comes to essential oils, there are many that can help that help with insomnia.
  1. Chamomile
  2. Lavender
  3. Frankincense
  4. Bergamot
  5. Sandalwood
  6. Clary Sage
  7. Eucalyptus
  8. Marjoram
  9. Cedarwood

Each of these essential oil has its own benefits, they can assist with relaxing the mind and body, helping with anxiety and depression, help with regulating blood pressure and more. You can use them in a variety of ways, check out our guide to essential oils to see the different ways they can be applied to help you find what works for you.


Insomnia is a very common issue and can lead to many other health concerns. It is not something we can ignore, we have to do something about it and take control back of our lives. Essential oils may not completely stop your insomnia but they can definitely help, especially when it come to trying to relax.

So many people are suffering with insomnia, and this seems to be rising when you look at the statistics. It is time to take action for your health and happiness. If essential oils can help you with less side effects than sleeping pills, then it should be considered before taking them.

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